INFORMATION FOR CLUBS
All adults who work with children or vulnerable adults have a responsibility to safeguard and promote their welfare.
Whether you have paid staff or volunteers, you should be undertaking some degree of safety checking on anyone who may be required to work with children or vulnerable adults.
NZF strongly recommends that all federations, clubs and other football service providers undertake police vetting for any paid staff or volunteers who have regular or overnight contact with children or vulnerable adults. Regular or overnight contact means the person has contact (other than merely incidental contact) with a child or vulnerable adult:
Take a look at our recommended pathway to safeguarding:
CLUB SAFEGUARDING OFFICER
Clubs and other football service providers should appoint at least one Safeguarding Officer, who will be the point of contact for the NZF Safeguarding Manager and federation Safeguarding Advisors.
The Safeguarding Officer’s role is to manage the vetting process within their club including verifying the identity of the individuals being vetted and accessing the NZF Police Vetting System to view the vetting results for their club/football service provider.
They will be required to register as a club Safeguarding Officer in the NZF Police Vetting System and undertake training as part of the registration process.
Further support is available through the Sport NZ safeguarding online module here.
REGISTER AS A CLUB SAFEGUARDING OFFICER
DEALING WITH SUSPECTED ABUSE
Dealing with suspicions of child abuse of vulnerable adult abuse is difficult, and especially if the allegation is made against someone who is a staff member or volunteer.
It’s not the responsibility of NZF, federations, clubs or other football service providers to investigate suspected child or vulnerable adult abuse. However reporting a concern about abuse, suspected abuse, neglect or wellbeing to a federation Safeguarding Advisor or to the NZF Safeguarding Manager is really important to ensure that the concern is dealt with properly and consistently by the relevant statutory authorities (Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children or NZ Police).
Intervening early to provide support to address wellbeing concerns can prevent more serious concerns occurring. Details of personnel appointed by NZF and federations to oversee safeguarding are available on their respective websites.
If abuse is suspected, please follow the recommended process shown in the flowchart.
To report a concern, please download the Report of Concern form below and follow the instructions on the form.
CONTACT YOUR LOCAL SAFEGUARDING ADVISOR
Click the federation's logo below to find your region's Safeguarding Advisor:
For any other questions or concerns, please contact the NZF Safeguarding Manager at email@example.com
INFORMATION & RESOURCES
DOWNLOAD REPORT OF CONCERN FORM
NZF POLICE VETTING SYSTEM
FOR COACHES & VOLUNTEERS
DOWNLOAD NZF GUIDELINES
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